Arlington Community Church is joining with the Contra Costa Solano County Food Bank to fill a food barrel over the next month.
1 in 8 people in the two counties - about 180,000 individuals - turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano each month. St. Mary’s University did a study.
They found 92% have a household income of less than $35,000 a year and it takes $76,500 for a family of four to make ends meet in California. 64% of households have seniors, children or both. Even more staggering, 29% rely on the Food Bank for at least half of their food.
The study also revealed that the majority of participants eat healthier since receiving food assistance from the Food Bank and its partner agencies. 71% of respondents said they eat more balanced meals. 75% of respondents said they eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
The need is particularly great for protein items such as canned tuna or peanut butter. ACC has had Protein Sundays for several years. Right now please bring those items and other packaged food goods (with current expiration dates) and help us fill the barrel.
Cash contributions can also be made and the Lesher Fund is currently matching all gifts to the Food Bank.